Tony Martin is linked with a move to homeland team Bora for 2017, who have a new title sponsor in bathroom company Hansgrohe

Title sponsor for the Bora team in 2017, Hansgrohe, must be bringing some serious cash to the table, with the team linked with a move for Tony Martin on Monday.

Martin’s proposed move, as reported by French newspaper L’Equipe, follows the linking of world champion and Tour de France stage two winner Peter Sagan to the German squad last week.

L’Equipe reports that Martin will leave Etixx-Quick Step at the end of the season to join up with his homeland team, who are aiming to be awarded a WorldTour licence in 2017.


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Hansgrohe, which makes bathroom fixtures and fittings, was announced as the new title sponsor for the Bora team last week, replacing Argon 18, which will also reportedly cease supplying the bikes, with Specialized poised to step in.

The American bike company is reportedly behind the deal to bring Sagan to the team, with Martin also riding Specialized bikes for most of his career with Quick-Step and previously the HTC team.

Martin, 31, is a triple world champion in the time trial and has played an instrumental role in Etixx-Quick Step’s success in recent years. Before that he was a key part of the formidable HTC sprint train, which delivered Mark Cavendish to 16 wins between 2009 and 2011.